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Block C - Real Superheroes

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

Superheroes are all around us! In school there are teachers, teaching assistants, cooks, lunchtime supervisors and outside school there are police, paramedics, doctors and religious leaders. Invite some of them in to tell you about their jobs, say thank you to them at a special banquet and make speeches telling them why they are superheroes to you.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: School superheroes

Who helps us in school? Find the Superheroes disguised as teachers, teaching assistants, cooks, lunch time supervisors. Interview and report back.

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02: Superhero 999

Who helps us in an emergency? Find out about the emergency services who answer a 999 call.

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03: Visit: Emergency Services vehicle

If possible-Visit to school of emergency services vehicle. Record visit in photos and paintings with written captions/narrative. Chronological report.

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04: Visit: Emergency Services personnel

If possible-Visit to school of emergency services personnel. Record visit in drawings with written captions/speech bubbles.

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05: Local superheroes!

Who helps us when we’re feeling ill? Find out about health care professionals. Read ‘Dr Dog’ by Babette Cole.

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06: Special superheroes!

Who helps us outside school? Find out about local faith leaders – the Vicar, Imam, Rabbi, Guru, Priest.

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07: Other local superheroes

Who helps us when our parents are unavailable? Appreciate other carers such as childminders and grandparents.

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08: We celebrate you!

Organise a special banquet and make speeches telling them why they are Superheroes.

Block B - My Super Family

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

Focus on the key members of your family and what makes them your superheroes; draw, interview, paint and celebrate their special talents, qualities and what they do for you. Have a special art exhibition with an opening ceremony and invite your special people.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Can you rescue Earth from the evil Zog?

Find a message from a superhero needing help, start to research superheroes and interview family members about which superhero they would want to be.

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02: Charlie's superhero underpants

Go on a superhero mission around school to find Charlie’s missing underpants!

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03: Incredible families

Watch a clip from The Incredibles and use small world models to create your own family rescue scenes.

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04: Superhero parade

Children dress up as their favourite superheroes, hold an art exhibition and play superhero guess who.

Block A - I'm A Superhero

Who are the superheroes in your life? Why are they superheroes? Are you a superhero and why? This is a topic that focuses on the hero in all of us; a fun topic that focuses on ourselves, our families, superhero animals, superhero vehicles, the people around us who help us such as teachers, doctors, religious leaders, police and fire fighters.

How can you bring out the superhero in yourself? Explore being the best you can be; why you are unique and special and how you can help your body be super strong and healthy, your brain super sparky and your actions super helpful. Draw self-portraits, take part in superhero training and a special superhero ceremony with medals and certificates.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: I Am Me!

Look carefully at ourselves: paint a self-portrait for the gallery; measure each other; and write description of yourself.

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02: Amazing Me!

Look at how your body works by investigating your 5 senses, bones, teeth, muscles, blood, heart and brain.

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02A: Amazing Me!

An alternative, shorter session investigating the 5 senses through popcorn.

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03: Unique Me!

What makes me, me? Personality, thinking ability, imagination, artistic ability and creativeness.

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04: Superhero Me!

Advice for Mr Couch Potato to help him develop into a superhero like us! 

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05: Special Me!

Time to celebrate with certificates and medals. Superheroes are the best they can be! 

Block G - National Days

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Why do countries have special national days of celebration? Learn about the history behind important national days such as Canada Day, National day of Poland, Indian Republic Day, Peru Day and whether they celebrate unification or independence. Design a celebratory Google doodle for the national day of the country of your choice.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Canada Day

Canada Day 1st July: Children will research Canada finding out more about the location, geography, culture, flora and fauna of the country. 

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02: Poland: National Independence Day

Poland: National Independence Day 11th November: Children will research Poland finding out more about the location, geography, culture flora and fauna of the country.

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03: India: National Days

India: Republic Day 26th January and Independence Day 15th August: Children will research India finding out more about the location, geography, culture flora and fauna of the country.

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04: Peru Fiestas Patrias

Peru: Fiestas Patrias 28th and 29th July: Children will research Peru finding out more about the location, geography, culture flora and fauna of the country.

Block B - Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Read information about Guy Fawkes, think about his life & tell the story of the Gunpowder Plot; make your own Guy Fawkes; role-play the Gunpowder Plot; make Bonfire night inspired artworks and learn about fire safety.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Who was Guy Fawkes?

If possible start this block with a visit from the fire brigade to link the children’s learning with fire safety. Children will ask and answer questions about Guy Fawkes and his connection with bonfire night. 

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02: Remember Remember the 5th of November

Find out more about the details and chronology of the gunpowder plot. Children will use their learning to inform their drama work. 

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03: Bonfire Night

Why do we celebrate bonfire night? Share experiences of bonfire night and complete themed craft and creative activities. Review safety points for bonfire night and fire safety generally. 

Block H - Animal Habitats

Animals are always fascinating to children and this topic details numerous creative and exciting learning activities inspired by this stimulus.

Where do the animals of the world like to live? Learn about the amazing range of habitats around the Earth and how animals are adapted to live there. This block will look at hot and cold habitats, dry and wet habitats, high and low habitats! Learn through stories, information sources and direct observation of your local area. Use expressive arts to capture your learning and to express your own ideas, creating your own original animal adapted for your favourite habitat.

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This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Who lives here?

Learn about the word habitat and explore amazing different habitats all over the word. Learn names for animal’s homes. Create a texture collage by picking and choosing resources and materials that fit with the habitat. Put the collage together to make a habitat display.

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02: Hot!

Learn all about hot animals and the different habitats they live in. Think about how they are adapted to their environment and how they stay safe. Draw and paint animals that live in hot climates to add to the collage habitat display. Sort and describe animals that live in hot habitats, go on a safari adventure and spot animals, dance to African music and make lions.

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03: Cold!

Learn about animals that live in cold climates and think about how hard this must be. Discuss ways that animals adapt to their habitat to help them. Write some of these animals down by segmenting. Watch a video clip about cold habitats and remember some information to share with the class. Paint a favourite cold climate animal to add to the texture collage. Create ‘cold’ dances to the soundtrack of Frozen, role-play with small-world animals and make their own polar bear.

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04: Wet!

Listen to water music and relax while thinking abut what animals might live in water. Watch a video clip on habitats and remember facts. Be aware of other wet habitats and what might live in them. Make an animal that lives in a wet habitat for the collage display and sort animals according to where they live. Play a sorting game on the computers, look through non-fiction books to find fascinating facts, and create underwater number sentences.

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05: High and low!

Learn about two habitats and that some animals like to make their homes high and others prefer to stay near the ground. Use reasoning to explain where they think an animal might live and why they think this. Paint a picture of animals that live high and low for the display collage, make animal homes from playdough, nests from real twigs and leaves, sort animals and play a habitat sorting game.

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06: Animal inventors

Putting all of their knowledge of animals, their habitats and how they adapt to their environments, children design and make their own animal to live in one of the habitats looked at.

Block G - Animal Tales

Animals are always fascinating to children and this topic details numerous creative and exciting learning activities inspired by this stimulus.

Explore a range of traditional animal tales, famous animal characters and animal rhymes and discover the lessons we can learn from their adventures and mishaps! Children consider how to be brave and helpful. They will understand that even though we look similar we actually look and behave differently. The children set their own targets and persevere to achieve them and appreciate the power of working together as a team. This block focusses primarily on the personal, communication and emotional development objectives about playing co-operatively, showing sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings and forming positive relationships using positive animal role models as the catalyst for discussion, writing and creative expression.

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This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Chicken Licken: being brave!

Children explore the story of Chicken Licken to identify and describe the emotion of courage. They share experiences where they have been brave and explain strategies they have used. 

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02: Elmer the Elephant: being different is OK!

Children explore how they are similar and different to each other. They recognise the physical and personality differences that make us all unique. Children positively celebrate their individuality!

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03: Herman the Helper: being helpful!

Children identify how they and others can be helpful, the feelings associated with giving and receiving help and the socially appropriate behaviour to acknowledge help.

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04: The tortoise and the hare: never give up!

Children understand that everyone finds things difficult, but that it is possible to achieve difficult goals when they persevere. Children appreciate the feelings of frustration and achievement.

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05: Traditional animal rhymes: performing to an audience!

Children learn a range of traditional nursery rhymes that include animal characters. They make adaptations to these to invent original versions. Children work collaboratively to add music and actions and perform each rhyme to an audience.

Block F - Baby Animals

Animals are always fascinating to children and this topic details numerous creative and exciting learning activities inspired by this stimulus.

This block about baby animals will stimulate learning about animal life cycles and growing up. Be inspired by stories and first-hand observations. Think about changes and discuss why they occur. Match baby animals to their adults and create dances about how animals learn by copying. There will be maths too, learning about comparing sizes and the language of measuring.

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This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Baby animal puzzle

Read Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and think about how animal babies are sometimes different from their parents. Make first hand observations of caterpillars growing and turning into butterflies. Re-unite and match baby animals to their grown-ups. Play an animal match memory game, order life cycles, go on a caterpillar hunt and create their own butterflies using ICT and symmetry painting.

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02: Dance of the hungry caterpillar

Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and talk about the life cycle of a butterfly. Listen to music and begin to create movements that fit with the music. Use different levels of dance to create their own life cycles. Children potato print their own hungry caterpillars, order the story and make caterpillars from playdough.

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03: Baby animal: measure and compare!

Children talk about the size of different animals and compare which ones are taller or shorter. They make estimates of how tall they think a baby animal is and compare this to themselves and their friends. They begin to use standard measures as well as non-standard. They order animals according to their size, find hidden animals in the sand tray and measure objects using their foot as a measurement.

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04: Animal names

Learn different names for baby animals, play a quick fire game to help remember some of these names. Collect counters when a correct name is matched to the baby animal. Make a baby animal book and match adult animals to their babies.

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05: Changes

Look at changes the children have gone through in their lives. Discuss the things that they can do now, that they couldn’t do when they were a baby. Observe changes in themselves and their friends. Look at how baby animals change as they get older and think about why they need to change. Explore the life cycle of a frog, order the stages of an animal’s life by looking at changes and use a writing frame to sound out noises that a baby animal might make.

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06: I wanna be like you!

Talk about how adults have helped us to learn new things. Discuss how we learn new skills and copy a simple rhythm. Use copying technique in dance to explore what baby animals need to learn from adults. Take it in turns to be the leader and then the follower in the dance. Make animals from playdough, copy patterns using the peg boards and use a writing frame to write about what a baby animal needs to learn.

Block E - Sacred and Mythical Animals

Animals are always fascinating to children and this topic details numerous creative and exciting learning activities inspired by this stimulus.

Discover fantastical fictional animals such as dragons, unicorns and the phoenix. Listen to their stories, look at art and listen to music inspired by them. Invent your own versions of these imaginary animals and represent your ideas through the creative arts. Investigate the creatures that have been held in special regard by people through the ages such as the cow and Bald Eagle. Explore why they are considered special animals, describing their appearance and character traits. Compose and perform class poetry and explore descriptive language.

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This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: The dragon!

Children learn that the dragon is a popular mythical creature from around the world. They explore popular dragon stories, describe the appearance and behaviour of dragons and create dragon puppets and models.

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02: The phoenix!

Children learn that a unicorn is a mythical creature. They will be able to describe its appearance and character, and use this to create their own representations of unicorns.

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03: The unicorn!

Children learn that a unicorn is a mythical creature. They will be able to describe its appearance and character, and use this to create their own representations of unicorns.

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04: The cow - an animal sacred to Hindus

Children learn that many Hindus consider the cow to be a special animal and are able to identify why. They identify how their behaviour can have a positive impact on others.

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05: The bald eagle - an animal sacred to Native Americans

Children learn that the Bald Eagle is a special animal to Native American people. They carefully describe its appearance and movements to compose a class poem, which they perform. Children select their favourite scared/mythical animal and give reasons for their opinion. 

Block D - Night Animals and Day Animals

Animals are always fascinating to children and this topic details numerous creative and exciting learning activities inspired by this stimulus.

Listen to tales about animals that like to come out in the day and the animals that like to come out at night. Think about concepts of night and day and time. A chance to focus on animals that live in the countryside and especially the ones that prefer to come out at night. Learn about British mammals such as foxes, badgers and bats and also snakes such as the adder and the grass snake. A lovely block with a special focus on music, movement and dance.

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This Topic is written for Reception. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Night and day

Children explore the concept of daytime and night-time. They share bedtime routines and know what to do when they wake up. They identify activities that happen during the day and at night.

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02: Fabulous flying animals

Children learn about diurnal and nocturnal flying animals and understand why they are active at different times of the day. They identify different British flying animals, explore their characteristics and sort them.

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03: Deep underground

Children understand that some animals burrow underground. They identify nocturnal British burrowing animals and describe their features through art and design.

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04: Careful creepers

Children know hedgehogs and cats are nocturnal. They explore the behaviour and physical characteristics of British nocturnal animals through dance and movement. They express their thoughts through art and design.

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05: Carnival of the nocturnal animals

Children take part in a musical extravaganza! They explore how to make repeating musical patterns from percussion instruments and perform collaboratively. They make a mask of their favourite British nocturnal animal and celebrate their learning.